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Welcome to Our June Newsletter

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We found over three dozen free poetry and prose contests with deadlines between June 15-July 31. View their profiles now!

Thanks for the 350+ entries we received for our third Sports Fiction & Essay Contest that closed on May 31. Ellen LaFleche and Jendi Reiter are judging them now. We'll announce the results on November 15.

Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest
Deadline: September 30
Our 12th annual open-theme poetry contest will award $3,000 in prizes. The Tom Howard Prize of $1,000 will go to the best poem in any style or genre. The Margaret Reid Prize of $1,000 will go to the best poem that rhymes or has a traditional style. Ellaraine Lockie will judge. New this year, you may submit 1-2 poems of any length for a flat $16 fee. Published and unpublished work welcome. Submit online.

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Participate in FanStory's active online writing community. Improve your writing and get motivated. Get detailed feedback for every poem, short story, and book chapter that you write. See how your rank compares to other writers. Over 50 new contests every month. Always free to paid members. Participate for cash prizes. Click here for more information.

Contests open now: The Archer Writing Contest, Faith Poetry Contest, Lune Poetry Contest, Triolet Poetry Contest, ABC Poetry Contest. Learn more...


Recent Honors and Publication Credits for Our Subscribers

Congratulations to Laurel Blossom, James Dorr, Lucia May (featured poem, "Unbeknownst to You, My Brother"), Diane Frank, The Poet Spiel (featured poem, "childplay"), Katherine J. Leisering (featured poem: "Verses Scribbl'd in My Burning House"), Carolyn Howard-Johnson (featured poem, "The Romantic 40s"), Elizabeth Marchitti, Ann Eustace, William A. Gordon, Ruth Thompson, and Judy Juanita.

Ellaraine Lockie, judge of our Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest, enjoyed seeing her poems "On Becoming George Sand" and "Angle of Repose" published in Cultural Weekly in May.

Learn more about their achievements. - Calls for Submissions

We are a free online resource to help you find paying markets for your poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Updated daily, we report on editors and publishers who are actively seeking submissions, pay standard or competitive rates, and do not charge reading fees. Founded in 2001, is edited by freelance writer Brian Scott (@busyguru). Learn more...

The Spalding MFA: "A Top 10 Low-Residency MFA Program" (Poets & Writers)

Apply for our fall semester by July 1. Spalding University's four-semester, low-residency Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program combines superb instruction with unparalleled flexibility. During each semester, students and faculty work together at a ten-day residency (in Louisville, KY or abroad), after which they return home to study independently through an exchange of five packets of writing with a faculty mentor. The Summer 2014 residency will take place in Prague and Berlin. The fall semester is November 14-23 in Louisville.

  • Ideally suited to the writing life: study with a great community of writers and write in your own home
  • Ten-day residencies feature intensive, supportive workshops, lectures, and panel discussions with award-winning faculty
  • Specialized tracks in fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, writing for children and young adults, screenwriting, and playwriting
  • One-on-one correspondence with faculty mentor, post-residency
  • Mix and match options for fall and spring residencies in Louisville and summer residencies in international destinations

Learn more about how a low-residency program can work for you.

Spalding University

The Shy Writer Reborn

The Shy Writer Reborn, by award-winning author C. Hope Clark, brings hope and guidance to the introverted writer struggling in a noisy publishing world. An introverted writer's wake-up call from a seasoned lady who collected tricks and put them to practice in order to sell her words, not her soul.

From Amazon reviews:

"What stands out about this book for me is that Hope has a true and abiding empathy for other writers and helping other writers is a profound mission for her."

The Shy Writer Reborn is full of optimistic, friendly, and eminently practical advice on how to balance the introvert's need for seclusion with the need to market and promote oneself and one's work."

"C. Hope Clark is the first person in my experience to not only address this personality trait as a writer, but to tell me that I am okay just as I am."

The Shy Writer Reborn

New Millennium Writings 38th Competition

Deadline: June 17. Our 38th competition will award $4,000. Submit online at

$1,000 each for the Best Poem, Best Fiction, Best Nonfiction, and Best Short-Short Fiction.

Newcomers are published alongside famous writers, in our anthology and online. Previously published pieces welcome if under 5,000 in circulation or online only.

"I found this to be one of the most powerful literary experiences I've ever had. For anyone who gives a whit about writing or the human condition, New Millennium Writings should be required reading."
                                                      —Kane S. LaTranz, Alibi

Please enjoy the winning poem from our 35th competition (and the inspiration behind our 2014 anthology cover), "Out of the Blue" by Susan Maeder.

New Millennium Writings

The 2014 Autumn House Poetry, Fiction, and Nonfiction Contests

Postmark deadline: June 30. The winner in each genre will receive book publication, a $1,000 advance against royalties, and a $1,500 travel/publicity grant to promote his or her book.

For our 2014 poetry contest, the preliminary judge is Michael Simms, and the final judge is Alicia Ostriker. For fiction, the preliminary judge is Heather Cazad, and the final judge is Sharon Dilworth. For nonfiction, the preliminary judges are Michael Simms and Heather Cazad, and the final judge is Dinty W. Moore.

Congratulations to our 2013 winners:
• Poetry: Danusha Laméris, The Moons of August
• Fiction: Tom Noyes, Come by Here
• Nonfiction: Adam Patric Miller, A Greater Monster

See our contest poster and our complete contest guidelines.

Autumn House Press

The 2014 Rattle Poetry Prize

Postmark deadline: July 15. The annual Rattle Poetry Prize offers $5,000 for a single poem to be published in the winter issue of the magazine. Ten finalists will also receive $100 each and publication, and be eligible for the $1,000 Readers' Choice Award, to be selected by subscriber and entrant vote.

With the winners judged in a blind review by the editors to ensure a fair and consistent selection, an entry fee that is simply a one-year subscription to the magazine—and now a large Readers' Choice Award to be chosen by the writers themselves—we've designed the Rattle Poetry Prize to be one of the most writer-friendly contests around.

We accept entries online and by mail. See for the complete guidelines and past winners, and enjoy "The Fire This Time," by Roberto Ascalon, winner of our 2013 contest.

The 2014 Rattle Poetry Prize

Vallum Award for Poetry 2014

Vallum Award for Poetry 2014

Online/Postmark Deadline: July 15. First prize: $750; second prize: $250; both prizes earn publication in Vallum.  2014 Contest Judge: George Elliott Clarke.

Vallum is accepting original and previously unpublished poetry submissions for the Vallum Award for Poetry 2014. Some of the best poets in the world have graced the pages of Vallum: Contemporary Poetry. Get your word on!

Entry Fee (3 poems): $25 USD for international entrants, $25 CDN for Canadian residents, which includes a free one-year subscription to Vallum. Entries accepted both by PayPal and by postal mail. For more information please visit:

Grayson Books Poetry Prize: Now Open!

Deadline: August 15. Winner receives $1,000, publication, and 10 copies. Reading Fee: $25. Judge: Dick Allen.

Please submit manuscripts of 50-80 pages; include a Table of Contents. For electronic submission, please enter here. Do not put any contact information on the manuscript. That information will go on a submission form.

Writers who prefer to mail their entries should send a 50-80 page book manuscript with two cover pages (one with complete contact information, one with no contact information), a reading fee of $25, and SASE for results to Grayson Books, P.O. 270549, West Hartford, CT 06127.

To learn more, please visit Enjoy "Tomb of the Unknown" by Frederick Foote, our 2013 winner.

Grayson Books

2014 Barthelme Prize for Short Prose

Donald Barthelme

Deadline: August 31. Gulf Coast is now accepting entries for the 2014 Barthelme Prize for Short Prose, judged by Amy Hempel. The contest is open to pieces of prose poetry, flash fiction, and micro-essays of 500 words or fewer. Established in 2008, the contest awards its winner $1,000 and publication in the journal. Two honorable mentions receive $250 and will also appear in issue 27.2, due out in April 2015. All entries will be considered for paid publication on our website as Online Exclusives.

We accept submissions both via our online submissions manager and via postal mail, and all entrants receive a one-year subscription to Gulf Coast with their reading fee. Entrants may submit up to three pieces with each entry fee. Multiple submissions are allowed, but each new entry of three pieces must be accompanied by a separate entry fee. Visit for more information and read last year's winning entry, "Bats".

Please also enjoy this excerpt from Josie Sigler Sibara's winning entry in our 2012 contest, "The Compartment"...

PSA: Funding Literacy


Forty-four percent of adult education funding comes from federal sources. Forty-five percent comes from state sources. Ten percent comes from local sources. One percent of adult education funding comes from tuition.

Funding for adult education and English language instruction has declined by 17 percent from 2002 to 2012 when adjusted for inflation.

An additional $160 million could clear reported waiting lists and would provide about $1,000 for each of the 160,000 people on waiting lists.

All states but North Dakota have waiting lists. The average number of months on a waiting list has doubled since 2008.

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Calls for Submissions

To ensure consideration, assume that the editors must receive your submission by the date specified, unless a postmark date is indicated.

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New at Reiter's Block

Trigger Warnings in Education: Some Reminiscences and Suggestions from a Survivor

Trauma awareness is an often-overlooked component of accessibility and diversity training. Finally, we're acknowledging that students are not floating heads but affective human beings who feel personally implicated in the narratives they read in class.

However, a trauma-management tool borrowed from the Internet may not be as helpful in the classroom. Rather than telling students what they probably already know ("Romeo & Juliet: TW for suicide"), educators should watch out for unnecessarily traumatizing material in their curriculum choices.  [more]

Jendi Reiter is the editor of Winning Writers. Follow her on Twitter at @JendiReiter.

Jendi Reiter